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Traveling with Pomegranates

A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France

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An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter. Look out for Ann Kidd Taylor's new novel, The Shark Club, which will be published in June 2017. 

Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.

Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter.

A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 22, 2009 – In a probing literary collaboration that moves from Greece to their home in Charleston, S.C., novelist Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees) and her daughter, Taylor, explore and record the changing stages of a woman's life. At 50, Kidd, a wife and mother who had found fulfillment as a writer in recent years, was approaching menopause and anxious about tapping the green fuse, or regenerative energy, for the next step in her life. Traveling to Greece with her daughter, Taylor, 22, when the latter graduated from college in 1998, Kidd recognized that her daughter, who had just received a stinging rejection from a graduate school, was also undergoing another kind of wrenching transformation from child to adult faced with decisions about what to do with her own life. In passages narrated in turn by Kidd and Taylor, the two create a gently affectionate filial dance around the other, in the manner of the fertility myth of Persephone and her mother, Demeter. In travels through Greece, Turkey and later France, Kidd and Taylor found strength and inspiration on their respective journeys in the lives of Athena, the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc, but mostly through a new understanding and appreciation of each other. Although the maiden-mother-crone symbolism grows repetitive and forced, their's is a moving journey.

Customer Reviews


Traveling with Pomegranates took me inside myself, the way a good book should. The way The Red Tent did, and a few other female-centric novels have.
I especially appreciated reading it in iBooks, so I could look up images of the Mary's and the places they travelled. I was alo able to look up referenced poems, and this made reading it even more enriching.

I really wanted to give it 41/2.

As a daughter and a mother I found myself drawn in and relating so much from these varying perspectives. This book inspires me to put pen to paper and explore more deeply my life and my many roles in this life time. I appreciate so much their honesty and vulnerability and their strength as women and their deeply loving and respectful relationship. Thank you for this lovely tale and meaty swatch of life.

Demeter and Persephone

Although I don't have a daughter of my own, and my mother and I don't have the kind of relationship that Ann and Sue have, I am, these days, meeting "The Old Woman" in myself. And I'm in the process of re-gathering the "necessary fire" to begin a new phase of my work. This book helped me to process the Persephone and Demeter myth in myself. I learned a deep appreciation for the place of feminine power and deep listening. This book is indeed a journey. I recommend reading it aloud, slowly, and with feeling. I recommend abiding with it.

Traveling with Pomegranates
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Sep 08, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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